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On Feb 27, 2014, Ian Rowland wrote:
I'm just popping in here to say thank you to those who've said nice things about my lecture. We live in a world where sometimes it seems people only speak up when they DIS-like something or want to have a moan (not that that ever happens in the world of magic, of course). So I appreciate the very positive tone of this thread.

I'm sure all the lecturers mentioned have plenty of good stuff to offer.

FWIW, my own favourite item, from the Penguin mentalism lectures I've seen, is 'Infinite End' by Patrick Redford. I dearly wish I had created this, but I know I would never have had the creative ingenuity and intellectual firepower needed to complete all the different 'paths' through the routine. I think it's a work of genius, personally.



Great, great, great job Ian. Thanks for a great admirer of your work
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Have to agree with sandsjr, I was watching the Salem lecture with a friend and I left, it all just seemed disjointed, and he really didn't seem to know what was happening. Lots of long pauses etc this is the second time I have tried to watch it, there won't be a third.
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What a pitty...
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I loved the Marc Salem lecture. I was in the audience. I am the big guy who helped with the Tic Tac effect.

Here is my review:

Delightfully entertaining from start to finish

I knew of Marc Salem's reputation and was eager to check out this lecture. I live about 90 minutes from the studio where these Penguin LIVE lectures originate, so I wanted to see Marc live and in person. I am so glad I did.

Marc has a fluid banter with the audience, and it's as if his gift of gab never stops. He is incredibly entertaining and funny.

His opening effect, The Gift, is one of those nice pieces that can fit in a variety of shows. The performer reads off a series of gifts to his helper, asking if she has any of them. Three spectators write down two-digit numbers. Once the total is added, another spectator chooses on of the digits. It corresponds to a number on the list of gifts. The gift is read, and it is found in a bag underneath the chair that has been there the whole time. Inside the bag there is also a receipt, and it is for the amount the numbers added up to. Nice, fun effect, and Marc teaches a classic principle to achieved the desired outcome.

Marc also performed two book tests. I am a big fan of book tests, and he shared two ungimmicked book tests. If you already use a commercially marketed effect, then having these methods available allows you to add layers and build on a routine. I like the two very much. Also, if you have repeat performances, having these two book tests in your arsenal allows for you to change up methods and books.

Marc teaches a straightforward, ungimmicked Bank Night routine. It is nice and allows for some interplay with your helpers.

One of the principles he taught (though he did not perform a routine using this principle) is how to use a certain kind of business card for a Q&A act. It is based on a classic principle, but Marc has streamlined it in such a way that I people write down the names of cities. I don't do readings either, but this method has me curious. Take your cards and a brown paper bag, and you have a serious piece of mentalism that can run long or short, depending upon your ability or desire. I like this a lot.

The promo material stated Marc would teach a right-brain/left-brain effect that was in the vein of Out of This World. He does not perform it or teach it, however, he mentions what he did with it during his interview with host Dan Harlan. You will need to know the OOTW method and know the difference between right- and left-brain activity to perform it, but it should not be much of a challenge if this interests you.

Marc was delightful, engaging, funny and entertaining. It was a treat.
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Bringing it back from the dead !

I'm going to have some free time next week and want to soak in a new lecture.

What lecture on mentalism have you found the most value and inspiration in ?

I always more interested in the tips and bits that make you a better performer than effects but a combination of both is always great.

Thank you !
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You can't go wrong with the David Parr lecture. But, I also think the David Hira lecture has plenty to offer, especially about making you a better performer. It's not a mentalism lecture, but Hira provided lots of tips for the working professional, from how to enter the performance area - to wearing make-up - and tips for making your effects look bigger, by involving more people. Really strong lecture.

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Thanks for the tip Oscar999 !
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On Jan 26, 2018, magic maniac wrote:
I always more interested in the tips and bits that make you a better performer than effects but a combination of both is always great.


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Lior manor lecture is proably One of the best investments you'll make. Lots of good stuff, but mostly advice from a professional who has been making a living for decades from shows
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The most rewarding penguin lectures I have found for mentalism are Looch 1&2, Jan Forster, Banachek, Marc Paul, Ian Rowland, Atlas Brooking, Osterlind 1&2, David Parr and Marc Spelman. A lot of these are quite old but I haven't watched any recently that offer nearly as much value for money. Iam sorry to say that I was disappointed with Lior Mannors lecture and couldn't understand the glowing reviews, perhaps I need to rewatch it.
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Fernando Figueras all the way

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Thanks for recommending this. I didn’t know of Fernando until I looked up your recommendation. Just finished watching it, so much great thinking about how to be creative with Mentalism.

In other news, there are so many good lectures from amazing performers and thinkers. My recommendation for those who are seeking to learn from them is to put away their ego and judgement when watching whatever lecture they choose. You can find useful, workable, reliable material from any of the mentalists who have generously given their lecture on Penguin. If I end up using something from the lecture then it is worth so much more than the price of the lecture.
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ROSS JOHNSON!

A lot of great lectures have been mentioned here but if you haven’t seen the Ross Johnson lecture, do yourself a favor.

It is far more than just effects; It’s like a masterclass in mentalism.

Search out reviews here if you want more details but if you are looking for mentalism you can not go wrong with this lecture. I’d have paid the price just to watch his performance.
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Banachek, Lior Manor, Jan Forster and Ross Johnson lectures were all exceptional.
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I always more interested in the tips and bits that make you a better performer than effects but a combination of both is always great.


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Come on, a magic aficionado who put a show for the magic castle 20 years ago , got the gig, bought some tricks ... this can not be even consider a lecturer, its more a Dan Harlan non- stop flattering mode interview!

Banachek and Jan forster is all you need to start performing....
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On Jan 26, 2018, magic maniac wrote:
I always more interested in the tips and bits that make you a better performer than effects but a combination of both is always great.


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Come on, a magic aficionado who put a show for the magic castle 20 years ago , got the gig, bought some tricks ... this can not be even consider a lecturer, its more a Dan Harlan non- stop flattering mode interview!

Banachek and Jan forster is all you need to start performing....

He's a professional actor who teaches master classes in acting and character development.

If you don't think there's anything substantial to learn there, then I probably wouldn't want to watch your show.
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Thanks for the mention, Oscar999 and Elman1! Glad you enjoyed the lecture!
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On Jan 27, 2018, Johnny250 wrote:
Lior manor lecture is proably One of the best investments you'll make. Lots of good stuff, but mostly advice from a professional who has been making a living for decades from shows


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. Iam sorry to say that I was disappointed with Lior Mannors lecture and couldn't understand the glowing reviews, perhaps I need to rewatch it.


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I haven't read through all the posts here, but I can unreservedly recommend Mark Calabrese's lecture on penguin. He's not classically who you'd think of as a mentalist, but the methodology there is FANTASTIC if you want to spark your creative fire.
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